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Franjo Ordanić

Franjo Ordanić

Born: February 11 1973 in Laupheim, Germany
Resides: Oroslavje, Croatia
E-mail: franjo(dot)ordanic(at)gmail(dot)com

Franjo Ordanić is a man of many interests; in the field of culture, arts and sports. He was the founder of the aikido Club "Hohoemi", himself Master of the 1st Dan. He has taken part in creating a musical "Green Wealth". He has been founding and organizing a number of cultural manifestations in his town. Among others he organizes an annual meeting of the haiku poets in Oroslavje with a contest in Croatian and the Kajkavian language. One of his many interests is painting. "All inclusive" and "tu doma sem taki" are the names of his haiga exhibitions in co-authorship with Ms. Sandra Šamec, the photographer. He writes haiku for several years.

Awards and Other Honors:

First place - National Haiku Contest "Bučijada" 2018; Third place - Croatian Haiku Poets Meeting (2019); Honorable Mentions - National Haiku Contest "Bučijada" (2018); Croatian Haiku Poets Meeting (2016, 2017, 2018); Merit Awards - Haiku of Merit (Zatsuei) The R.H. Blyth Award (2019) World Haiku Review; Commendations - 8th Yamadera Haiku Contest; Sharpening 6th and 7th The Green Pencil Contests (2017 and 2018).

Books Published:

Kliktaj bradatih orlova/ The Scream of the Bearded Eagles (Library of the town of Oroslavje, Oroslavje, 2016)[in tandem with Vladimir Šuk].
Work Anthologised:
Nepokošeno nebo: Antologija hrvatskoga haiku pjesnistva 2 / An Unmown Sky 2: An Anthology of Croatian Haiku Poetry 2008-2018 - ed. D. Vukelić-Rožić (Ivanic-grad, Croatia: Haiku Association “Three Rivers”, 2018); Ludbreg Haiku Meeting / Haiku zbornik Ludbreg (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019); Samobor Haiku Meeting / Samoborski haiku susreti Darko Plažanin (2017, 2018, 2019); Goranski koraci Haiku Meeting / Zbornici udruge Goranski koraci, Ravna Gora (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019); International Haiku Magazine "IRIS" / časopis IRIS (2017, 2018, 2019); Haiku Contest In Memory of Borivoj Bukva / Natječaj "U spomen na Borivoja Bukvu, Rijeka (2016, 2017, 2018); Web portal "Eastern Pearl" - Sound of Water / web portal Istočni biser, Haiku zbornik Zvuk vode (2018).

Selected Work
weak bladder
traffic jam makes my
forehead sweat
fifty years―
a glass of red wine
a blue pill
On the Road Again...
before the world tour
a farewell song
this winter too 
the boots hiding my wife’s 
hairy legs 

only three
already master of
grandpa's universe

suspicious shadow on the lungs
smoking in the shade


“weak bladder” - The R. H. Blyth Award 2019, World Haiku Review (Zatsuei - haiku of merit); “fifty years”- The Asahi Shimbun, Feb. 15, 2019; "On the Road Again" – The Asahi Shimbun, March 29, 2019; “this winter too” - Cattails, October 2019; “only three” - Chrysanthemum issue 26, October 2019; “equilibrium” – The Asahi Shimbun, August 2, 2019.

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